Umhlanga’s De Vries wins Takes One to Know One

2014-06-05 00:00

UMHLANGA surfer Beyrick de Vries took the spoils at the second leg of the Quiksilver Takes One to Know One series at Umdloti at the weekend.

In one-metre surf that offered decent rides, the local rider delivered a solid performance to take the winner’s cheque of R8 000 in the open men’s division, his two radical manoeuvres and the biggest wave doing enough to impress the judges.

More than 90 of the country’s top wave riders were at Umdloti’s south point for the Surfing SA event that catered for open men and U20 pro junior boys. Up against Daniel Redman (Durban), Brandon Jackson (Durban) and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) in the final, De Vries knew it came down to who got the best wave.

“Paddling out, I knew that would be key as the other finalists were just as capable of securing the ride and wave that mattered to get the points from the judges,” he said.

“As it turned out, it came my way and I am stoked to win an event in my home waters. This is just what I need to boost my confidence before I head overseas for a series of contests.”

Jackson was second ahead of Grant and Redman, the latter a finalist at the first Takes One to Know One event.

In the U20 junior pro contest, Cape Town’s Diran Zakarian wasted no time in exerting his superiority, his progressive aerial manoeuvres giving him the early advantage.

He kept ahead with an impressive late drop take-off and tube ride that gleaned a score of 8,25, which was enough to bag the title ahead of Durban’s Slade Prestwich, who enjoyed a consistent event as one of the stand-outs.

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffrey’s Bay) and Mikey Venter (Warner Beach) were third and fourth.

Zakarian rounded off a good day’s work with the Skullcandy Performance Award for his aerial moves and tube riding.

The final event in the series is at Vic Bay, in September.

Men’s Open Results: Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), Brandon Jackson (Durban), Casey Grant (Scottburgh), Daniel Redman (Durban).

Junior Boys’ Results: Diran Zakarian (Cape Town), Slade Prestwich (Durban), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffrey’s Bay), Mikey Venter (Warner Beach).

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